Special Olympics athlete returns to tennis court with prosthetic leg made in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Dionte Foster is a resilient man, not allowing life to get in the way of what he wants and loves.

"Tennis means a lot to me," he said.

He's known for tearing up the courts near his home in Saint Kitts and Nevis, in the Caribbean, on just one leg.

"When I lost my leg, it was like my world just collapsed," he said.

It had to be amputated after a devastating diagnosis of bone cancer. Doctors discovered it as Foster was playing his heart out in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The only way to stop the cancer was to amputate his leg.

"I kind of doubted myself sometimes, like I don't think I'm ever going to play again," Foster said.

He found a way, but now he has a better one. Foster's life without a limb is over thanks to a trip to Louisville.

"Getting this prosthesis, it's like a dream come true," he said.

On Tuesday he was fitted at Louisville Prosthetics. Thursday was the big day. For the first time in more than two years, Foster grabbed his racquet and took to the court on two legs.

"It's amazing to be here playing tennis again," Foster said.

With each serve and hit comes gratitude to all of the people who got him to this point at no cost.

"Thank you, and I love you guys," Foster said.

Getting used to his new limb has a bit of a learning curve, but he hopes anyone facing adversity can use his story as an example.

"No matter what it is, just keep fighting," Foster said. "When you fight, you can get through almost anything."

As for the competitors who haven't had to face him in a while, Foster offered this warning with a smile;

"I'm coming home for you to kick some butt."

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